Pence Endorses Giant Database to Track Hoosier Students from School to the Workplace

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Gee, I’m so thrilled that Governor Mike Pence “repealed” the Common Core in Indiana.  *Snort*  Now he’s turning his attention to student data. The Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana will track Hoosier students from school to the workplace. Imagine a giant database filled with every Hoosier student’s elementary and high school achievement test scores, SAT […]

Student Privacy Rights Bill Filed in Washington State

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Stop Common Core in Washington reported that there has been a bill pre-filed in Washington State that addresses student privacy rights – HB 2783 by State Representative Elizabeth Scott (R-Monroe).  The bill is not up on the Washington Legislature website, but you can read it and download it here.  It’s a first step toward protecting […]

West Virginia Board of Education Offers Resolution on Student Data

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Yesterday the West Virginia Board of Education approved a resolution related to how student data will be handled in the state.  Here is a copy of the resolution:   It’s a step. Similar to a resolution signed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad it spells out that only aggregate data will be released to the Feds […]

Maine Governor Signs Executive Order Protecting Local Control, Student Privacy

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Governor Paul LePage (R-ME) signed an executive order that affirmed Maine’s commitment to local control and student privacy rights.  It doesn’t back Maine out of the Common Core State Standards, but it is a HUGE step and other governors should be doing the same.  Citizens in that state will still have the opportunity to vote […]

Common Core Common Sense: Why It’s Illiberal and Unconstitutional

By Dr. Daniel B. Coupland On May 29th, 2009, Arne Duncan, the new Secretary of Education for the Obama Administration, gave a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. In the speech, he said, We want to raise the bar dramatically in terms of high standards. What we have had as a country, […]

8th Grade History Teacher: Stop the Common Core

By C.E. White This week, President Obama will be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States of America.  As a history teacher, I was elated to learn he would be placing his hand on two Bibles, one belonging to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the other belonging to President Abraham […]

Student Data Mining, How Much Data Is Enough?

Restore Oklahoma Public Education released their report about Oklahoma’s P20 council which is a follow-up to an earlier paper they wrote that analyzed recent education reforms and how they impacted student privacy (see below).  How Much Data is Enough Data? What happens to privacy when bureaucracies exceed their scope? Here is the earlier paper. An […]

Utah Battle of the Blogs Over Common Core State Standards

Last Tuesday the Utah Education Coalition held a panel discussion with legislators, parents and teachers invited.  Bill Evers of the Hoover Institution, Kent Talbert, and Emmett McGroarty of American Principles Project were panelists.  The press release issued for the event said: The objective of this forum is to more clearly explain how parents and children […]

P.E. Monitors and Student Privacy in Small Town Iowa

Grundy Center Community Schools have been using Polar Monitors in their P.E. classes for a decade now.  That still shouldn’t eliminate our concern for privacy.  The Revered Review did an investigation of the usage of these monitors which has garnered international attention in the past.  TRR’s article brings up the question of privacy: Some have […]

Big Brother Is Watching Your Kids

Emmett McGroarty, the executive director of the Preserve Innocence Initiative of American Principles Project was on Fox News talking about a recent New York Post article he wrote with Jane Robbins.  In the article they outline regulatory changes made by the Department of Education that undermine student and family privacy. Watch the latest video at […]